April 17, 2007
In its continuing work to document and accurately assess all Mecklenburg County properties, the
Tax Assessor's office will continue taking digital pictures of properties. The 2007 project will begin May 1.
Most properties already have a digital picture associated with its information on Mecklenburg County's online "
Real Estate Lookup" system, available through the Web site
In May, a contractor will begin taking digital pictures of completed 2005 and 2006 construction or renovation projects.
Mobile Video Services, Inc. will photograph residential and commercial properties during a period of several months. The pictures are taken using a digital camera mounted inside a white van marked
Mecklenburg County Video Imaging Project. The camera will be operated from inside the vehicle and will not require interface with individual properties.
The pictures are taken from public rights-of-way and are considered part of the property's public record, along with the property owner, address, tax value, sales price, etc. As a result, requests to remove the image cannot be honored. Anyone with general questions about the project or a technical problem with their property's image can call
The goal is to eventually possess a digital image of every residence and business in Mecklenburg County, which will improve the County's property appraisal process and real estate records system. The visual property records also help homeowners and businesses in substantiating insurance losses.
The video imaging is an ongoing project conducted by the Property Assessment and Land Records Management division of Mecklenburg County
Land Use and Environmental Services Agency.